BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Temporary shelters will be closing soon and displaced flood victims are urged to seek long-term assistance now.
RELATED: Assistance/Relief for flood victims
Three parishes are operating shelters at various locations. The schedule for closures and the locations where remaining occupants will be transitioned is:
- Lamar Dixon will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Sept. 16.
- The River Center will close at the end of the business day Thursday, Sept. 15. Residents without confirmed plans to move to their next place will move to Celtic Studios (Stage 5).
- The shelter in Baker will be open until Sept. 30, if needed.
- Killian, Lockhart, and The Way shelters will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Sept. 16.
Officials note that the Red Cross shelters are established as temporary housing.
"The Red Cross opens shelters during an emergency to help people who need a safe place to stay," Joshua Joachim, chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana. "Emergency shelters typically aren't intended to stay open for long periods of time — Many organizations involved in relief efforts must work together to help people find more suitable accommodations if their homes are left unlivable after a disaster."
Flood victims who have no other place to go are urged to apply for FEMA assistance.